"A Christmas to Remember" is the theme for this weekend's 26th Annual Christmas Fantasy

Annual Christmas Fantasy taking place this weekend ... A view from the Silent Auction at Christmas Fantasy 2016. The 2017 Fantasy, entitled “A Christmas To Remember,” will be magically displayed throughout the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon November 10-13, at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 26th annual event. Again this year, a breathtaking number of Christmas Trees will be displayed and many, many Christmas gift options, as seen here, will be available on the silent auction, making it a great Christmas shopping opportunity. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2017 will be held this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 10, 11, 12 and 13 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme for this year's event will be “A Christmas to Remember."

This year's Fantasy schedule of events includes the following:

“Tingle ‘N Mingle” Happy Hour is a special opportunity to meet socially with friends and co-workers. Over a dozen tables of hearty hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candies, breads and spirits will be served among the trees from 5-8 p.m. Friday night. The event is sponsored by Four County Ag Services and Four County Crop Services. Tickets are available at Veterans Memorial Hospital and local banks, as well as at the door.

The Wine, Cheese and Dessert Event set for Saturday evening, November 11 will include a special wine, cheese and dessert event sponsored by Eagle’s Landing Winery of Marquette and the Empty Nest Winery of Waukon. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Reservations are required for this event, as seats are limited, and can be made by calling 563-568-4177. Ticket cost includes refreshments, dessert, viewing of the decorations, and entertainment.

Two special Christmas Fantasy Luncheons sponsored by the Allamakee Cattlemen’s Association will be offered Saturday, November 11 and Monday, November 13. Call 563-568-6262 to make a reservation for either of the luncheons. Historically, the Monday luncheon sells out, but the Saturday luncheon offers more room to stroll around and view the trees and is a great option for enjoying the Fantasy with friends and family from out of town.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, November 12, children will be given a special chance to see the Fantasy, plus have a visit with Santa Claus. Storytelling by Sue Kiesau will add to the excitement. Katie Hennessy of Cote’Color Photography will be on hand for a holiday Christmas card/picture opportunity for children with Santa Claus.

The Christmas Fantasy 2017 event will be open to the public Saturday, November 11, from 2-5 p.m., on Sunday, November 12, from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. sponsored by Thrivent Financial, and Monday, November 13, from 2-7 p.m., offering entertainment from area choirs and artists.  Complimentary Christmas treats and cider will be available during all these public showings.

Each year there are more and more shopping opportunities on silent auction at the Fantasy. These are all  available for purchase throughout the weekend through a silent auction, with the highest bidder winning the purchase of the item when the auction ends at 7 p.m. Monday evening, November 13. Until that closing time, bidders can return, free of charge, to the Fantasy and raise their bid.   All silent auction items are decorated and donated to the Foundation.

The 26th Annual Christmas Fantasy is planned and sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, including Sue Blagsvedt, Dan Denk, Jane Dietrich, Jackie Halverson, Kevin Hanson, Amy Cote’, Ardie Kuhse, Craig Lensing, Dennis Lyons, Gail Prestemon, Jeanette Ruegnitz, Nona Sawyer, Nancy Schoh, Breanna Sommer and Matt Teslow, assisted by Kim Sylvester, Karen Swenson, Julie Thompson, Pat Pettingill and Wayne Burk.

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